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Dope (2015)

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Life changes for Malcolm, a geek who's surviving life in a tough neighborhood, after a chance invitation to an underground party leads him and his friends into a Los Angeles adventure.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Dom (as A$ap Rocky)
... Will Sherwood
... Mr. Bailey
... Stacey
Julian Brand ... Mario
... Jaleel
... Diggy
... Lisa Hayes
... Councilman Blackmon
Christopher Glenn ... Crip 1
... Tannehill James
... Lily
Wyking Jones ... SAT Proctor
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Kap G ... Fidel X
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A coming of age comedy/drama for the post hip hop generation. Malcolm is a geek, carefully surviving life in The Bottoms, a tough neighborhood in Inglewood, CA filled with gangsters and drug dealers, while juggling his senior year of college applications, interviews and the SAT. His dream is to attend Harvard. A chance invitation to a big underground party leads Malcolm and his friends into an "only in Los Angeles" gritty adventure filled with offbeat characters and bad choices. If Malcolm can persevere, he'll go from being a geek, to being dope, to ultimately being himself.

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It's hard out here for a geek.

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Comedy | Crime | Drama

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Rated R for language, drug content, sexuality/nudity, and some violence-all involving teens | See all certifications »

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$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,100,010, 21 June 2015, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$17,474,107, 13 September 2015
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The first part of the end credits is an homage to 'Pop-Up Video', a VH1 series from the late 90s to early 00s. See more »

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When the film shows us Tony Johnson, who was killed accidentally in a shooting at a fast food restaurant, he is playing a Game Boy, and the narrator tells us he was "seconds away from defeating Ganon" who is the recurring antagonist of the Legend of Zelda series. However, the only Legend of Zelda game available on the original Game Boy was Link's Awakening, which does not feature Ganon. See more »

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[first lines]
Malcolm: Soon the world is only going to buy and sell products using bitcoins.
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References Super Fly (1972) See more »

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I'm Your Drug
Written by Mike Larson
Performed by Miguel Milliones featuring J. Nics
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Great Coming-Of-Age Film!
5 April 2015 | by See all my reviews

The trailer was a great visual feast but it doesn't show the scale of the movie and how excellent it is. 3 kids from Inglewood, CA, a town we're usually not asked to care about, have to wise up about drug dealing. I actively tried to find a bad performance, and I couldn't find a single one. Unlike many other "black" films, this one has comedic elements and tries to get you to laugh using memes and potty humor. Typically, this would carry a negative connotation, but in the case of this movie it is excellently executed and the pace is so quick that you don't even care how juvenile it is. I encourage everyone to watch this movie when it releases in June, specifically on the 19th. I'm sure it won't have the story it did at Sundance, however. Open Road may change a few elements of the story, which would be a shame. I'm giving this one a 9/10, just in case the movie isn't as good as it once was at Sundance, so bear that in mind.


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